Courtesy of michezoafrika.com
Coastal side Bandari FC lived up to their current billing by holding hosts Gor Mahia to a barren draw in an entertaining match played at City Stadium on Sunday30th June.
Striker Dan Sserunkuma announced Gor Mahia’s intent with a first minute shot that missed target by inches. Four minutes later, Rama Salim failed in bid to head in Mungai Kiongera’s cross.
Bandari responded not by defending but by launching attacks. In the 17th minute they won a corner that was headed out by Okello.Then, good interchanges between Odulla,Bhai and Kenga tore apart the K’Ogalo defense but luckily Edwin Lavatsa saves the day
In the 23rd minute, Kiongera did great to bring a cross that an unselfish Sserunkuma passed to Lavatsa but the latter lost his footing and the final shot did not trouble the Oburu much.
The last quarter of the first period belonged to Gor. A low free kick shot by Kiongera was met by Rama Salim and Sserunkuma who tried to break the duck with two successive attempts but the busy Oburu blocked their efforts.
Chris Wekesa then had a well-placed rasping shot saved by Oburu while Kiongera’s cracker in the 39th minute went off target.Dan Sserunkuma closed the first half attempts with a shot that ended on the side net attempt courtesy of Shaban Kenga’s misplaced block.
Bandari’s Ali Bhai well placed shot provided a great opening to the second half.
In the 58th minute, Coach Bobby Ogolla brought in Kevin Omondi for Eric Ochieng while his opposite Twahir Muhiddin responded fast with Eric Okoth coming on Ali Bhai.
Twenty minutes to the end, Rama Sserunkuma was denied by Oburu after a neat pass by Rama Salim. The diminutive Ugandan then paved way for new boy Paul Odhiambo.Bobby Ogolla then threw his last dice by throwing in Moses Odhiambo in place of Edwin Lavatsa.
Keeper Oburu almost soiled his good day when he lost the ball in the last minute to Mungai Kiongera but luckily the effort never bore fruit.Oburu was named man-of-the-match after the clash.
An extra time infringement on Mungai Kiongera earned defender Humprey Okoti a red card. A free kick awarded to Gor just outside the box was executed by Kevin Omondi and went off target.
The result leaves Gor Mahia at third spot with 23 points, one less than Bandari FC who have 24 points.Thika United leads the standings with 26 points.